Since we held our first Rodder’s Journal Revival last September in Baltimore, Maryland, we’ve traveled all over the country for various events and photo shoots. It has been a hectic but fun time, and we thought you’d enjoy a behind-the-scenes peek at what we’ve been up to.

The first leg of our travels took us to the East Coast where we spent time in the Sunshine State photographing Henry Richards’ Deuce Tudor on Daytona Beach for the cover of issue #58. Henry is plenty busy these days at his shop, Steadfast Manufacturing, so he sent his shop associates in his place–better known as his dad, Ellis, and mom, Penny. We have a hunch the highlight for them was driving the ’32 into the warm Florida sun 1,000 miles from their home in Mansfield, Ohio.

While in Florida, we spent one day touring central Florida in Henry’s ’32, dropping in on a number of hot rodders including Gary Moore in Melbourne and Kirk White in New Smyrna Beach. The next day we drove inland to DeLand to visit with Mike and Chuck Longley at Longley Restoration. Several photos from these visits appeared in our “Garage Scene” feature in TRJ #58.

 

On the beach and waiting for sunset, Ellis Richards gave son Henry's Deuce a thorough detailing after the 1,000-mile trip from central Ohio.

On the beach and waiting for sunset, Ellis Richards gave son Henry’s Deuce a thorough detailing after the 1,000-mile trip from central Ohio.

 

Here’s Ellis and Penny Richards on the road in Henry’s ’32 Ford Tudor, taken in Florida from the back seat of Gary Moore’s ’39 Ford Fordor sedan.

Here’s Ellis and Penny Richards on the road in Henry’s ’32 Ford Tudor, taken in Florida from the back seat of Gary Moore’s ’39 Ford Fordor sedan.

While we were back east we also went to Leominster, Massachusetts, about an hour outside of Boston, to Dave Simard’s East Coast Custom. At the time Dave was nearing completion of the Indy-inspired Deuce roadster he built for Ford Motor Company executive Jim Farley. The car was finished this winter in time to be photographed for the cover of issue #59, which will be mailing to subscribers soon. Dave is an old friend of The Rodder’s Journal, and it’s always fun to walk through his expansive compound checking out his collection of new and old Ford hot rods and racecars.

The last photo that we’ve included is our publisher, Steve Coonan, photographing the completed Farley ’32 roadster on location in the San Francisco Bay Area. We spent several weeks on the West Coast as well, traveling from Grants Pass, Oregon, and south almost to the Mexican border. We’ll have more on those travels in a future email. For the next few months we’ll be traversing the country, shooting hot rods and customs on location and taking in as many events as possible, so keep an eye out for us. We’re looking forward to another great summer on the road.

This photo was taken at Gary Moore’s shop, Hot Rod Stuff, in Melbourne, Florida. He has since moved to a new location within Melbourne. Shown is Henry Richards’ Deuce Tudor, Dennis Salmon’s Hemi-powered 'glass Deuce Tudor, and Gary Moore’s ’39 Ford Fordor.

This photo was taken at Gary Moore’s shop, Hot Rod Stuff, in Melbourne, Florida. He has since moved to a new location within Melbourne. Shown is Henry Richards’ Deuce Tudor, Dennis Salmon’s Hemi-powered ‘glass Deuce Tudor, and Gary Moore’s ’39 Ford Fordor.

 

During our tour of central Florida in Henry Richards' Deuce sedan, Gary Moore took us to visit Frank Petro, proprietor of Harbor Restorations in Rockledge, Florida. Parked in Frank's home garage is a '32 Ford highboy roadster and a 427 SOHC-powered '56 Ford convertible.

During our tour of central Florida in Henry Richards’ Deuce sedan, Gary Moore took us to visit Frank Petro, proprietor of Harbor Restorations in Rockledge, Florida. Parked in Frank’s home garage is a ’32 Ford highboy roadster and a 427 SOHC-powered ’56 Ford convertible.

 

Kirk White’s impressive collection includes (left to right): Jim Jard’s old Deuce roadster built at the Kennedy Brothers Bomb Factory; ’33 Ford roadster with S.Co.T.-blown flathead built by Johnny Marchman; chopped ’32 five-window re-creation of Fred Allen’s famous “Satan” drag coupe; chopped and flathead-powered Deuce highboy roadster built by Chuck Burns.

Kirk White’s impressive collection includes (left to right): Jim Jard’s old Deuce roadster built at the Kennedy Brothers Bomb Factory; ’33 Ford roadster with S.Co.T.-blown flathead built by Johnny Marchman; chopped ’32 five-window re-creation of Fred Allen’s famous “Satan” drag coupe; chopped and flathead-powered Deuce highboy roadster built by Chuck Burns.

 

We featured photos of some of the hot rod projects Chuck and Mike Longley have going on in their shop, but we wanted to include this shot of some of the nicely equipped hot rod power plants they had lying around the shop floor.

We featured photos of some of the hot rod projects Chuck and Mike Longley have going on in their shop, but we wanted to include this shot of some of the nicely equipped hot rod power plants they had lying around the shop floor.

 

Jim Farley’s chassis is shown getting the final touches in Dave Simard’s shop. The following day we photographed the completed chassis for TRJ #59.

Jim Farley’s chassis is shown getting the final touches in Dave Simard’s shop. The following day we photographed the completed chassis for TRJ #59.

 

We photographed Jim Farley’s completed Deuce roadster for the spring issue #59.

We photographed Jim Farley’s completed Deuce roadster for the spring issue #59.